Thanks to the generosity of our loyal supporters — and lead gifts made by the Hall Family Foundation, the Dane G. Hansen Foundation, the William T. Kemper Foundation, and the Sunderland Foundation — the Eisenhower Presidential Museum exhibit renovation project will move into the final phase, implementation, on May 14, 2018. During this key stage, new graphic panels, display cases, theater experiences, and digital interactives will be installed.
Developed by award-winning design firm The PRD Group (Planning Research Design), with guidance from the Museum Steering Committee, the new exhibitry, shown above in the 3D walkthrough, will tell the story of Dwight and Mamie Eisenhower in a way that is compelling to contemporary visitors. The new Eisenhower Presidential Museum will be a “teaching” museum, where K-12 students participating in IKEducation will utilize spacious galleries as classrooms for exploration.
Timing is critical on this project and beginning the Implementation Phase by May 2018 should ensure the Eisenhower Presidential Museum is ready to reopen by the 75th Anniversary of D-Day — June 6, 2019. We look forward to bringing you the most up-to-date details on this historic project as we approach our goal of completing the Dwight D. Eisenhower: A Legacy of Leadership Capital Campaign in time for the global commemoration of D-Day.
One of the updated exhibits, Becoming Ike and Mamie, depicted in the rendering above, will include the very personal story of Ike and Mamie’s courtship and wedding. It will tell about the birth of their two sons, one of whom, Doud Dwight “Icky,” died of scarlet fever at the age of three and is buried alongside his parents in the Place of Meditation located on the Eisenhower Presidential Campus.
“Club Eisenhower” will be highlighted through anecdotes of evening dinners and games of bridge from Ike and Mamie’s early life as a military couple. In addition, this gallery will feature Eisenhower’s relationship with his mentors, including Patton, Pershing, MacArthur, and Marshall. A major artifact included in this exhibit is the Doud family electric car Ike frequently drove.